Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner received a political blow from the members of the CGT umbrella union today, after they said that they don’t want anyone to take advantage of their upcoming march only hours after she called her followers to join them.
March 7 will see one of the most important demonstrations of disapproval over the economic policies carried out by the Macri administration, when the main unions in the country hold a massive march in the streets of Buenos Aires.
Faithful to their opportunistic style, several politicians have shown their support for the march and its demands, in an attempt to have their face tied to a display of muscle that scale. The Renewal Front (FR) led by Sergio Massa, the Justicialist Party (PJ) headed by Diego Bossio, several district mayors who answer to the Victory Front (FpV) and the Socialist Party among the leaders following this trend.
The last one to hop on the wagon was Fernández de Kirchner. The former President is set to testify before a judge regarding her involvement in one of the numerous cases against her. But upon her followers’ calls to march to the courts as a show of support, she requested them to “join the workers” instead.
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) February 24, 2017
“On the 7th I’m seeing [judge] Bonadío, but please… You make the government see the people. March alongside the workers,” the tweet reads.
However, when consulted on this, member of the CGT triumvirate, Héctor Daer, said he doesn’t want anyone to take advantage politically of the march.
“I’m indifferent [to what Fernández de Kirchner said] we don’t want the march to be partisan under any circumstance. No one is going to take advantage of it. We can’t distort what’s going on, the claims and demands,” he said.
Daer went on to say that “everyone who wants to come to the march can come, they’ll be welcome,” but “while we want the Government to change its policies, we don’t want to make it partisan.”
The union leader also criticized the Government by saying they are “killing hope,” although he considered linking the march as an attempt to “destabilize” the Macri administration as being “stupid.”
“We’re not part of this project nor do we agree with it, but we are respectful of democracy and what most citizens voted for. We are not the ones killing hope. They made commitments but are not living up to them,” he argued.
Leaving political leaders aside, the march is shaping up to be massive and continues receiving support from an increasing number of sectors. Yesterday, the main teachers’ unions announced that, as part of their two-day-long strike they called to demand salary increases, they would join the March on the 7th.